Just when it seemed like Hugo was bridging the gap with its eleven Academy Award nominations, Michael Hazanavicius has taken out the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for The Artist at the Director's Guild of America Awards. Hazanavicius is now favourite to back up this win with a Best Director Oscar - and with The Artist also taking top honours at the Producer's Guild of America Awards it is now the clear-cut favourite. James Marsh also won Best Directorial Achievement in a Documentary for the wonderful Project Nim.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist *WINNER*
David Fincher - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Richard Press - Bill Cunningham New York
Martin Scorsese - George Harrison: Living in a Material World
Steve James - The Interrupters
James Marsh - Project Nim *WINNER*
Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky - Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Will Hazanavicius win the Oscar for The Artist or will Martin Scorsese, Alexander Payne or Terrence Malick cause what must now be considered an upset?